Pre-Free Agency Seven-Round NFL Mock Draft

With it being NFL combine week, that means only two more weeks until free agency kicks off, and at that point, NFL mocks across the land will change daily.    I wanted to see how a seven-round mock without trades would work at the current stage of the league.

Round 1

1. Chicago Bears:  Jalen Carter DL | Georgia…The Bears are likely to trade down, but Carter is the man they want to build the defense around in the Windy City.             

2. Houston Texans:   Bryce Young QB | Alabama…Young has it all except prototypical size, but HC Ryans saw first-hand how that is overrated.   Young will have the Texans in the playoffs before his option is up.

3. Arizona Cardinals:  Will Anderson Jr. EDGE | Alabama…The new regime in Arizona needs a defensive leader with the Watt retirement. Anderson will have a Micah Parson impact.

4. Indianapolis Colts:   C.J. Stroud QB | Ohio State…No longer the last stop before leaving the league as a QB. Indy turns the page and gets the ultra-talented Stroud. 

5. Seattle Seahawks:   Will Levis QB | Kentucky…..Teams do not draft this high often, so when you do, and a franchise QB is available, you take him.   Levis will not need to be rushed, with Geno Smith likely holding the spot for the following year.

6. Detroit Lions:    Tyree Wilson EDGE | Texas Tech….Keep adding to the defense. Wilson is going to continue to rise up the ranks.   

7. Las Vegas Raiders:    Anthony Richardson QB | Florida…..Las Vegas needs a franchise QB, and Richardson has the tools just will need some time.   

8. Atlanta Falcons:   Myles Murphy EDGE | Clemson…The Falcons will load up this free agency period, but adding youth is vital. Murphy is a beast and should contend for DROY.

9. Carolina Panthers:  Quentin Johnston WR | TCU…No quarterback is available, so they take the best wide receiver who will be a match-up problem early on.

10. Philadelphia Eagles:   Christian Gonzalez CB | Oregon…The Bradberry replacement.    Gonzalez has incredible size.

11. Tennessee Titans:   Paris Johnson Jr. OT | Ohio State…Strengthens the line to help open those holes for Derrick Henry.

12. Houston Texans:   Jordan Addison WR | USC…Favorite weapon for Bryce Young. 

13. New York Jets:    Peter Skoronski OT | Northwestern…protector for Aaron Rodgers?

14. New England Patriots:    Joey Porter Jr. CB | Penn State…..Stud corner, who takes over day 1. Coach Bill likes having players with parents that have played or coached.

15. Green Bay Packers:   Michael Mayer TE | Notre Dame….Added wide receivers last year, and now the Witten-like tight end.   Jordan Love will love throwing to him.

16Washington Commanders:   Devon Witherspoon CB | Illinois….Gives the defense the lockdown corner it desperately needs.

17 Pittsburgh Steelers:    Broderick Jones OT | Georgia…..Huge man that instantly makes Pickett better.

18. Detroit Lions:    Kelee Ringo CB | Georgia…The Lions get lucky as Ringo slides further than he should and takes over in the defensive backfield.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:    Bijan Robinson RB | Texas….Tom is gone, and so is the offensive philosophy. They shift to a more balanced attack, no longer going the rental running back style, and get a true game-changing franchise back.

20. Seattle Seahawks:   Bryan Bresee DL | Clemson….This pick is for 2023, and Bresee helps the interior defensive line immensely and should be a day-one starter.

21. LA Chargers:   Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR | Ohio State….Keenan Allen is likely on his way out, so Kellen Moore gets a new toy.

22. Baltimore Ravens:   Cam Smith CB | South Carolina… An excellent player who will help all levels of the defense.

23. Minnesota Vikings:  Emmanuel Forbes CB | Mississippi State…..Long is a talented corner who is a little below the radar to fans but not teams. 

24. Jacksonville Jaguars:   Deonte Banks CB | Maryland….Jaguars add a big corner to help the team make the next step.

25. N.Y. Giants:  Zay Flowers WR | Boston College…Perfect splash player for the team needing impact-type people on the offense.  

26. Dallas Cowboys:    Jalin Hyatt WR | Tennessee ….Dallas needs speed, and Hyatt checks that box out and then some.

27. Buffalo Bills:  Jahmyr Gibbs RB | Alabama…Josh cannot lead the team in rushing, and now he won’t

28. Cincinnati Bengals: Anton Harrison OT | Oklahoma….Keep adding talent to protect the franchise.

29. New Orleans Saints:   Nolan Smith EDGE | Georgia. A defense upgrade is needed in New Orleans.   If Nolan had been 100% this year, he would have gone much higher.

30. Philadelphia Eagles:   Lukas Van Ness EDGE | Iowa….Philly adds youth to the defense as they expect to lose many defensive starters in free agency.   Van Ness is a Philly kind of person.

31. Kansas City Chiefs: Josh Downs WR | North Carolina….New weapon for the league MVP. Downs will be an instant hit in this offense.

Round 2

32. Pittsburgh Steelers:    Clark Phillips III CB | Utah

33. Houston Texans:   Isaiah Foskey EDGE | Notre Dame

34. Arizona Cardinals: O’Cyrus Torrence IOL | Florida

35. Indianapolis Colts:   Dawand Jones OT | Ohio State

36LA Rams:   B.J. Ojulari EDGE | LSU

37Seattle Seahawks:   Trenton Simpson LB | Clemson

38Las Vegas Raiders:    Darnell Wright OT | Tennessee

39Carolina Panthers:  Brian Branch S | Alabama

40New Orleans Saints:   Calijah Kancey DL | Pittsburgh….keep adding to the defense.

41 Tennessee Titans:   Dalton Kincaid TE | Utah…Talented player and a nice option for whoever is at QB.

42Cleveland Browns:   Siaki Ika DL | Baylor

43New York Jets:    Antonio Johnson S | Texas A&M

44Atlanta Falcons:   Tuli Tuipulotu DL | USC

45Green Bay Packers:   Keion White EDGE | Georgia Tech

46New England Patriots:    Matthew Bergeron OT | Syracuse

47 Washington Commanders:   John Michael Schmitz IOL | Minnesota…Day one starter and a twelve-year career man.

48. Detroit Lions:    Luke Musgrave TE | Oregon State …Instant upgrade and Goff’s safety net.

49Pittsburgh Steelers:    Felix Anudike-Uzomah EDGE | Kansas State

50Tampa Bay Buccaneers:    Derick Hall EDGE | Auburn

51Miami Dolphins:   Darnell Washington TE | Georgia

52Seattle Seahawks:   Will McDonald IV EDGE | Iowa State

53Chicago Bears:  Cody MauchI OL | North Dakota State

54LA Chargers:   Drew Sanders LB | Arkansas

55Detroit Lions:    Mazi Smith DL | Michigan

56Jacksonville Jaguars:   Jaelyn Duncan OT | Maryland

57N.Y. Giants:  Noah Sewell LB | Oregon

58Dallas Cowboys:    Keeanu Benton DL | Wisconsin

59Buffalo Bills:  Steve AvilaI OL | TCU

60Cincinnati Bengals: Tyrique Stevenson CB | Miami (FL)

61Carolina Panthers:  Andre Carter IIEDGE | Army. Frank Reich is a kind of guy and story.

62Philadelphia Eagles:   Zach Charbonnet RB | UCLA…Miles Sanders replacement

63Kansas City Chiefs: Gervon Dexter DL | Florida

64Chicago Bears:  Kayshon Boutte WR | LSU..drafted lower than talent dictates.   Off-field issues need to be kept in check.

Round 3

65Houston Texans:   Joe Tippmann IOL | Wisconsin …build the wall in front of franchise QB Young.

66Arizona Cardinals:  D.J. Turner CB | Michigan

67Denver Broncos:    Zach Harrison EDGE | Ohio State

68Denver Broncos: Henry To’oto’o LB | Alabama

69LA Rams:   Kyu Blu Kelly CB | Stanford. Talented corner who will help bring youth to the defense.

70Las Vegas Raiders:    Julius Brents CB | Kansas State

71New Orleans Saints:   Rashee Rice WR | SMU

72Tennessee Titans:   Nathaniel Dell WR | Houston

73 Houston Texans:   Sam LaPorta TE | Iowa…nice weapon for the new offense in place.

74New York Jets:    Jack Campbell LB | Iowa

75Atlanta Falcons:   Devon Achane RB | Texas A&M

76New England Patriots:    Chris Smith II S | Georgia

77Miami Dolphins:   Daiyan Henley LB | Washington State

78Green Bay Packers:   Sydney Brown S | Illinois

79Indianapolis Colts:   Cedric Tillman WR | Tennessee

80Pittsburgh Steelers:    Jaquelin Roy DL | LSU

81Detroit Lions:    Hendon Hooker QB | Tennessee … long-term answer who can redshirt this season if needed.

82Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jordan Battle S | Alabama

83. Seattle Seahawks:   Eli Ricks CB | Alabama

84. Miami Dolphins:   Zach Evans RB | Mississippi

85. LA Chargers:   Blake Freeland OT | BYU

86. Baltimore Ravens:   Xavier Hutchinson WR | Iowa State…A big target for Ravens QB (insert name)

87. Minnesota Vikings:  Marvin Mims WR | Oklahoma…nice add to go with Jefferson.

88. Jacksonville Jaguars:   Tucker Kraft TE | South Dakota State

89. N.Y. Giants Andrew Vorhees IOL | USC

90. Dallas Cowboys:    Jaylon Jones CB | Texas A&M…Big corner to play opposite Diggs.  

91. Buffalo Bills:  Jammie Robinson S | Florida State

92. Cincinnati Bengals: Brandon Joseph S | Notre Dame

93. Carolina Panthers:  Tanner McKee QB | Stanford

94. Philadelphia Eagles:   Nick Herbig LB | Wisconsin

95. Kansas City Chiefs: Adetomiwa Adebawore EDGE | Northwestern

96. Arizona Cardinals:  Parker Washington WR | Penn State

97. Washington Commanders:   Tyler Steen OT | Alabama

98. Cleveland Browns:   J.L. Skinner S | Boise State

99. San Francisco 49ers:  Luke Wypler IOL | Ohio State

100. N.Y. Giants Garrett Williams CB | Syracuse

101. San Francisco 49ers:  Darius Rush CB | South Carolina

102. San Francisco 49ers:  Mike Morris DL | Michigan

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